here is a link to the debate
Now there are a few things that I really dont understand about these gallstones, and I am hoping that Charlie or someone else out there can explain this to me.
My understanding of the gallbladder/liver connection is that the liver produces the bile, and the gallbladder stores some of it. The gallbladder also refines the bile, making it stronger... and then releases it into the small intestine when food is passing through, aiding in digestion of oils and whatnot. And I also know that excess bile gets recycled... just like everything else in the body that can be reused.
But here is the part I dont get. Many make claims that the bile somehow reacts/combines with colesterol, and that this forms the stones. But my understanding is that oils never ever go inside the gall bladder. Only bile goes in the gallbladder. So if cholesterol is needed to form stones... then I would be under the impression that these stones couldnt form in the gallbladder. I can understand how bile and cholesterol could form stones in the liver... because eventually the oils wind up back there through via the blood.
Yet I have seen the stones in pictures, and we all know they are real. And that they do build up in the gallbladder.
So Charlie or whoever else can answer this questions please do...
Is cholesterol necessary to form these stones?
If YES then...
How does cholesterol end up in the gallbladder?
If NO then...
How do these stones form?
Whiteshark states that gallstones are solidified BILE... my understanding of bile is that it isnt solid. How could bile become solid if it doesnt come in contact with anything?
The gears are a spinnin like a TOP!!